By Kelsey Nuttal
Preliminary building designs for the new Arcus Center revealed an adaptable, sustainable and dynamic structure to be worked into the college rezoning plans.
A meeting open to the College and larger community took place Monday evening, during which the initial pictures and vision for the building were released. The 12-month project has not been assigned a start date, according to a news release from Kalamazoo College Communications.
The building plan is meant to reflect the themes of social justice with an open, welcoming floor plan and a three-winged layout. There is no back on the building, symbolizing that the Arcus Center’s refusal to turn its back on any part of the community, according to Communications’ Jeff Palmer.
The expansive, 9,5000 square-foot building will be constructed at the highest elevation on campus. The goal is for it to blend in with the neighborhood houses and look more impressive from campus.
The building will be the most sustainable one on campus, according to senior Adam Smith, who was involved much of the preliminary planning. In addition to pursuing LEED certification, it will have a lot of day lighting and a geothermal heating system, among other features.
“I think it’s going to be a really beautiful building and it’s going to be a really functional building,” said Smith. “It’s going to be a building people want to spend time in.”